By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT — Over protests from Republicans, a state House committee approved a bill Wednesday to redraw boundaries of the 100 state House districts.
The new House redistricting plan, prepared by House Democratic leadership, puts nine incumbents in districts with other incumbent representatives.
That affects eight incumbent Republicans and one Democrat.
House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, and Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson, would both be in the 99th House District.
Republicans in the same districts would be Myron Dossett of Pembroke and Ben Waide of Madisonville in the 9th; C.B. Embry Jr. of Morgantown, Jim DeCesare of Rockfield and Michael Meredith of Brownsville in the 17th; and Mike Harmon of Danville and Kim King of Harrodsburg in the 54th.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a Prestonsburg Democrat who presented the plan to the committee, could not recall a redistricting plan that ever put three incumbents in the same district.
House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, labeled Democrats as “political cowards” for presenting the plan.
Stumbo said the bill meets legal requirements.
The new map of House districts in House Bill 1 also would create a new district in the southern part of Fayette County and split Madison County into four districts.
The full House is expected to vote on it Thursday.
HB 1 also contains revised maps for the Kentucky Supreme Court and Court of Appeals but does not recommend any changes to state Senate districts.
If precedent is followed, Stumbo said, both chambers will approve their counterpart’s plan with no changes.